A Faculty Senate meeting was delayed briefly Oct. 3 by a surprise guest—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos—who interrupted the session to award the 2013 Chancellor’s Cup, now in its 50th year. The recipient was Joe Wehby, associate professor of special education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development.
“We often talk about the greatest contributions happening in the classroom, but sometimes what is most exciting is what is happening outside the classroom,” Zeppos said. “We offer this award in recognition of your distinguished service through outstanding research in special education, your volunteerism and mentorship and your dedication to students. You are a phenomenal citizen of this university.”
Wehby is co-director of graduate studies in special education. In addition to lending his time and resources to Vanderbilt Visions, VUceptors and other campus groups, he volunteers his time with Special Olympics and United Cerebral Palsy sports camps.
He is an adviser for the Ingram Scholars Program and serves on the Provost’s Committee on Sexual Assault.Zeppos bestowed Wehby an engraved silver bowl that bears the names of previous Chancellor’s Cup honorees. The award is given annually for “the greatest contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships in the recent past.”
Established by the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter in 1963, the Chancellor’s Cup is presented by the president of the club around Homecoming Week each fall.
The award consists of a cash prize of $2,500 contributed by the club, an engraved pewter cup as a permanent trophy, and one year’s custody of the silver bowl by Tiffany and Co. bearing the names of all recipients.